Gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson calls for Medicaid work requirement

January 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, January 11, 2018, the Donald Trump Administration granted waivers to ten states (Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin) from the federal government to implement work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients.  Medicaid is an enormously expensive entitlement that costs both the states and the federal government billions of dollars.  Republican Gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson asked:  “Why isn’t Alabama on this list?”

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Alabama leaders react to Toyota-Mazda announcement

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Mazda and Toyota announced Wednesday that they had selected the TVA mega site in Limestone County for their newest manufacturing plant.  The $1.6 billion joint venture in the city limits of Huntsville will employ up to 4,000 workers.  A number of Alabama elected leaders reacted to the good economic development news.

“Toyota and Mazda’s decision to locate in Limestone County is great news for Alabama and the Tennessee Valley! I’m thankful Alabama was selected despite fierce competition from other states vying for this plant,” said U.S. Representative Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville. “Toyota and Mazda’s decision validates what many of us in Alabama already know. Alabama is not only America’s #1 football state, we are also on a path to be America’s #1 automotive production state. That is a strong testament to the quality of the location, resources, people and government leadership that Alabama offers.”

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Walt Maddox: The picture Ivey painted of the state was fiction

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, January 9, 2017, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey gave her first state of the state address to a joint session of the Alabama Legislature.  Ivey presented an optimistic, forward-thinking picture of Alabama with improving budgets, record levels of employment, pay raises for state employees, more teachers, and reforms to make the state competitive moving forward.  On Wednesday, Democratic candidate for Governor Walter “Walt” Maddox said that, “The picture she painted of our state was fiction.”

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Governor signs bill decriminalized Professional Midwifery

May 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) signed House Bill 315, decriminalizing Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) in Alabama.

Governor Ivey said in a statement, “After thoughtful and deliberate consideration, I signed the midwifery bill because it gives mothers more options to choose how to deliver their baby, while simultaneously ensuring that those Midwives who practice in Alabama are qualified to do so.”
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Midwives decriminalization bill passes House

April 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives passed House Bill 315. HB315 was sponsored by State Representative Ken Johnson (R-Moulton) to legalize midwives is now on the floor of the House.

Rep. Ken Johnson said that under Alabama law it is currently a misdemeanor for a certified professional midwife (CPM) to be present at a home birth.

State Representative Mary Moore (D-Birmingham) said, “I have some concerns about this bill.”
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A Better Way for Affordable Health Care

October 3, 2016
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By US Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

Last week was the third anniversary of the disastrous Obamacare rollout. What followed was a broken website, cancelled health care plans, higher deductibles, and fewer doctors.

Three years later, the same problems remain. American families are faced with fewer and fewer health care options, and premiums continue to increase on many plans. Many healthy, younger Americans are content paying the fine for not having health care instead of choosing a plan they cannot afford.
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Sine Die And Good Luck

September 8, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Medicaid is funded for 2017, with $105 million for 2018, which gives legislators an opportunity to do nothing controversial or terribly important in an election year. Strange, how these little things happen to workout, I guess.

Governor Bentley received his Medicaid dollars so he can stop worrying about the dying children. Hospitals, physicians and health care workers will not suffer further cuts to their already bare-bones reimbursements. Medicaid in Alabama provides little coverage as it is, but there is a promise of better medical treatment under the experimental Regional Care Organizations (RCOs).
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Bentley’s “Great Victory” Cause For Worry, Warning, Broken Promises

September 8, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Shortly after passage of legislation to raid BP settlement funds to cover Medicaid funding, Governor Robert Bentley, who has largely been absent from the process, praised it as a bipartisan “victory.”

Obviously, the Governor failed to hear the Democrat’s pleading for more Medicaid funding and to expand its availability under the Affordable Care Act.

Alabama Arise State Coordinator, Kimble Forrister, sees a different victory: “Expanding Medicaid would be a victory for Alabama’s economy, budgets and families.” He praised the bill’s passage, but echoed the concerns expressed by both Republican’s and Democrats: “Still, the bottom line is that we got yet another temporary solution. Vulnerable Alabamians’ access to health care shouldn’t be left up to stopgaps or one-time money.”
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ALFA Hits Jackpot For 20 Years Straight But Doesn’t Want You To

September 6, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Will blame, incrimination and meddling be the legacy of the circular firing squad known as the 2016 Special Legislative Session?

Unrelenting lobbying by various groups helped kill Governor Robert Bentley’s lottery bill SB3, which was carried by Sen. Jim McClendon (R-Springville), namely, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, those backing GreeneTrack, VictoryLand and Alabama Farmers Association (ALFA).

Each group lost something in the last minute mugging of the lottery bill… except ALFA.
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Bentley Threatens to Call Special Session

July 20, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, July 19, the Montgomery Advertiser’s Brian Lyman reported that Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is planning a special session likely for August or September.

Former State Representative Blaine Galliher (R-Rainbow City) referenced the reporting and wrote on Facebook: “Governor announces Special Session for Medicaid will be called late Summer or early Fall.”

The Special Session will focus on Medicaid.

Sources have told the Alabama Political Reporter that the plan that is being bandied about is raiding more of the use tax dollars from the education trust fund (ETF), which is presently doing well due to the rebounding economy. Additionally there is talk of getting a lottery to fund Medicaid on the ballot.
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